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Subject: Help me decide - Janome Machines Date: 12/7/12 12:39 PM

I'm an beginner with some basic experience sewing in 4h as a kid. I want to buy a machine mainly to do basic alterations and hemming. I want to try to make some small things once I remember how and hopefully expand from there. I really like the Janome Sewist 525s (mechinical). I was impressed with how it handles denim very smoothly, as do want to hem some jeans. In my research online and in store I've also stubbled upon the Janome DC2011 (or 2010 or 2012). But I hesitate to jump to a computerized machine because I've never used one. For what I'm using it for would the DC2011 be too much machine for me? Both machines come with a great range of accessories. Are the features the the DC2011 offers worth the $150 price difference? Thanks!
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Date: 12/7/12 5:24 PM

Brochure for Janome Sewist 525S

Brochure for Janome DC2011

The big feature that the Janome Sewist 525S has over the DC2011 is its adjustable presser foot pressure. Here is a link to a thread that tells you why people believe adjustable presser foot pressure is important.

The DC2011 has a lot more stitches and buttonhole styles to choose from, has speed control, and programmable needle up/down. It has no adjustable presser foot pressure.

I see that the DC2011 also has the lightning bolt stitch (stitch #05) which I think is helpful in sewing knits, particularly on very stretch seams and even hemming. But, without adjustable presser foot pressure, the lightning bolt stitch might not produce decent results on the hems of your knit garments.

You can use the triple straight stretch stitch (stitch A, left or center) on the Sewist 525S to finish the hems on most of your knit garments. The picture below shows you what it would look like on a cotton/lycra blend.

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Dec 2012: 2 yards

Her needlework both plain and ornamental was excellent, and she might have put a sewing machine to shame. ~James Edward Austen-Leigh, about Jane Austen

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